Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Feasts & Seasons :: Our August Book Basket

At the beginning of each month I fill a basket with books featuring the the various saints whose feast days will be celebrated during the month and place it in the living room. Throughout the month I will find the children curled up on the couch reading books they have chosen from the basket, either on their own or to their younger siblings.  I also choose books from the basket for some of our afternoon family read-alouds. Our collection started very small and we have continued adding additional books over the years which we have either purchased or have been given as gifts. Some are picture books, some are chapter books, and some are collections of saint stories. This post is a work in progress and I will continue adding links as I sort through our collection.

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August 2nd, Our Lady of the Angels (Hist.):

Juanita and Our Lady of the Angels by Elizabeth Loch

August 4th, St. John Vianney (New) (Trad. – Aug. 8th ):

John Mary Vianney: The Holy Cure of Ars - I just love all our books in The Life of a Saint series from Ignatius, which also includes Therese, Bernadette, and Francis!

August 8th, St. Dominic (New) (Trad. – Aug. 4th ):

Saint Dominic from Saints for Boys

August 8th, St. Hormisdas:

August 9th, St. Teresa Benedicta (Edith Stein):

August 10th, St. Lawrence (New, Trad.):

August 11th, St. Clare of Assisi (New) (Trad. – Aug. 12th ):

August 11th, St. Xystus:

August 14th, St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe (New):

August 15th, St. Tarcisius (Hist.):
  • Saint Tarcisius by Mary R. Berardi (Whenever I hear St. Tarcisius mentioned, this beautiful book from my childhood comes to mind. My mom gave me this copy, along with the book about St. Agnes, and I'm looking forward to sharing it with our children.)

August 15th, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven (New, Trad.):

August 16th, St. Roch (Hist.):

Saint Roch and the Dog from Legends of Saints and Beasts

August 17th, St. Hyacinth (Trad.):

August 18th, St. Helena (Trad./some places):

Saint Helena from Saints for Girls

August 20th, St Bernard of Clairvaux (New, Trad.):

August 21st, St. Our Lady of Knock (Hist.):

August 21st, St. Pius X (New) (Trad. – Sep. 3rd):

August 22nd, The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary (New) (Trad. – May 31st) and Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Trad) (New – Saturday following 2nd Sunday after Pentecost):

Vintage 1960 edition of Jesus, Make Me Worthy

August 23rd, St. Rose of Lima (New) (Trad. – Aug. 30th):

St. Rose of Lima from Lives of the Saints: An Illustrated History for Children

August 24th, St. Bartholomew (New, Trad.):

August 25th, St. Louis IX of France (New, Trad.):

August 26th, Our Lady of Czestochowa (Hist.):

August 27th, St. Monica (New) (Trad. – May 4th):

August 28th, St. Moses the Black:

August 28th, St. Augustine (New, Trad.)

August 29th, The Passion (Beheading) of St. John the Baptist (New, Trad.):

August 30th, Sts. Felix and Adauctus (Trad.):

August 30th – St. Rose of Lima (Trad.)
(See Aug. 23rd)

Other Links for August:

Monday, July 28, 2014

My Daybook :: July 28, 2014

A beautiful picture my husband took and emailed me recently while working "In the Woods" 

Outside my window...
Fire season is in full force in our area.  Sean spent Saturday on an engine, and then left early yesterday morning for a wildfire assignment in Central Oregon. Today he called to say hello (and that he was still alive!) following a morning spent strapped and harnessed into an open helicopter, flying over the fire searching for hotspots with his infrared detector. Fun! :/

I am thinking...
that my husband sure hasn't been home much this month!  Between long work days, his eight-day trip to Idaho with the older boys, and now this fire assignment, he will have had a total of three days home all month - the weekend of our Latin Mass on the 5th-6th, and last Sunday, which was our oldest son's 14th birthday. It's "survival mode" for me.

I am thankful... 
for the outpouring of kindness, generosity, and support that has been shown to our friends. Deo Gratias! Our local newspaper had an article about the success of the fundraiser on the front page of the Sunday paper. Thank you all for your help, prayers, and generosity! Please continue to keep the Snodgrass family in your prayers.

Learning all the time
We are getting closer to completing the Saints Joachim & Anne Lap Books we've been working on this month, but a few of the children still have some pictures to add once a replacement ink cartridge for my printer arrives. I ran out! :)

Celebrating the liturgical year...
I wanted to bake the Bacon and Chocolate madeleines in We Love Madeleines for the feast of St. James, which is our oldest son's a certain bacon lover's name day. . .

… but July 25th fell on a Friday this year, so I opted for the (meatless, but not at all penitential) Chocolate-Hazelnut recipe instead. I think I'll bake the Bacon and Chocolate madeleines for his baptismal anniversary on July 31st!

From the kitchen... 
I also made an Anna Torte (Gateau Sainte-Anne) for the feast of St. Anne on July 26th, adapting the recipe from Cooking with the Saints. I'll have to post both of these recipes over at Catholic Cuisine soon, or at least schedule the posts for next July.

I am creating...
interesting meals from the random ingredients in the freezer and pantry. Must grocery shop soon...

I am going...
to be staying home most of this week, but I did add a new St. Therese Glass Tile to my key chain which I recently ordered from Bridgie & Green. I love it!

I am hoping...
to take the older boys to meet their new cousin. They were away at summer camp when she was born.

I am praying...

… for the Snodgrass family.

… for the repose of the soul of Sarah Harkins, The Clay Rosary Girl, who passed away following her baby Cecilia in the womb, and for her family and friends. May she rest in peace+

… for Christine who recently miscarried her baby, and all other mothers who are currently suffering following the loss of a child.

… for my husband's safety while he is away fighting wildfires.

… a novena with my husband, to St. Rita "Helper of the Hopeless," for a special intention for our family. God's will be done.

I am reading…
Blessed are they that Mourn by Mother Mary Loyola. Such a beautiful, beautiful book, filled with encouraging and comforting words that I've really needed to hear this past month.

I've also been skimming through Legends and Stories of Italy by Amy Steedman, which I ordered at the same time as Blessed are they that Mourn (My goal is to eventually purchase all the books re-published by St. Augustine Academy Press! They are all excellent!) I'm trying to decide whether I should just go ahead and start reading this with the children now as our next read aloud, or if I can wait and save it as a Christmas gift for one of the girls. I'll probably wait... and read it myself in the meantime! ;)

Pondering these words...
from Mother Mary Loyola in Blessed are they that Mourn:

"Yes, you can. With God's help you can make that little move towards Him which will open the way to further grace. Try. He will meet you more than half way. Try-and you will find the wall between you and Him crumbling down; your heart softening; His grace entering; courage returning. Then will come the brave resolve to set yourself loyally on His side by meek acceptance of His Will, patience, and trust."

I am listening... 
to The Story of Rolf and the Viking Bow. The boys pulled out their audio version of the book to listen to once again while organizing their bedroom.

Around the house...
we are all working on deep cleaning the bedrooms this week. I promised the children a surprise outing if we can get through them all and fill up the back of the van with items to donate. Probably not the best goal to set while in "survival mode" but I just can't put it off any longer.

Random picture from earlier this month. 

One of my favorite things...  
the precious pocket rosary which Jennifer Anne sent me following my miscarriage last month. I haven't added my little baby's picture to it yet, but will soon.  Thank you sweet friend!

This week's plans
I'll be hosting another Online Curriculum Sale Blog Hop from August 1st-7th, so be sure to get your books and posts ready to go!

A little peek at my day...
I never know what I'm going to see when my husband sends me one of his "In the Woods" emails. Sometimes it's a beautiful picture like the one at the top of this post, sometimes it's pictures of all the wildlife, and lately it's been a lot of pictures of all the salvage logging he has been working on following last summer's wildfires... 

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    Thursday, July 24, 2014

    Saints Joachim & Anne Faith Folder

    The feast of Saints Joachim & Anne is coming up on July 26th! I've mentioned that we (four of the younger children) are currently working on creating the Saints Joachim & Anne Faith Folders (aka Lap Books) from Holy Learning. We haven't quite completed them yet, but I do have some pictures of Rose's Lap Book to share with you all today!

    Rose and I decided to make a Double Lap Book, using two pastel green file folders, so that she would have extra space for a coloring page/pocket on the back to store the paper dolls she colored.  We had so much fun making it together and especially loved looking through all our photos to find pictures of her with her grandparents for the covers of the "Grandparent Interview" booklets.  (We still need to do the actual interviews which should be a lot of fun too!) We also printed wedding pictures of her parents, grandparents, and great grandparents for the "My Family Tree" page!

    .: Inside First Folder :.

    Right Flap:
    • "Saints Joachim and Anne" Graduated Pages Book
    • "Prayers to Saints Joachim and Anne" Pocket Book Set
    • "Immaculate Conception" Open the Doors Book
    • "Family Life" Venn Diagram
    • "The Presentation of Mary to the Temple" Pentagon Book
    • "Raising the Mother of God" Square Petal Book
    Left Flap:
    • "Saints Joachim and Anne The Grandparents of Jesus" Simple Square Book
    • "Learning from My Grandparents" Heart Shape Book
    • "Learning from My Parents" Quilt Block Book

    .: Inside Second Folder :. 

    Right Flap:
    • "Grandparent Interview" Book Set
    • "My Family Tree" 
    Left Flap:
    • "Grandparent Interview" Book Set
    Back of Left Flap: 
    • "My Grandparents" Frame (pictured below) 

    .: Back Cover :. 

    Back Cover: 

    If you weren't one of the two lucky visitors who won a copy of the pdf to create this Faith Folder in the recent giveaway, you have until July 26th to order a copy (or any other items!) from Holy Learning at a 25% discount with the coupon code "roses".  You can also find additional ideas and book suggestions for this upcoming feast day in the archives! 

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

    A Bacon Birthday Party!

    This past Sunday our oldest son turned 14 years old!  Fourteen!!! How that is even possible?! He is growing into such a wonderful young man, and I sure can't imagine our life without this incredible son of ours. 

    Originally I thought I would serve a big welcome home birthday brunch, including lots of bacon with pigs-in-a-blanket pancakes, but having been on my own with our five youngest for the previous eight days while running an online fundraiser for some local friends, I just wasn't able to get to the grocery store or make very many plans at all for the birthday. Instead, following Mass, Sean and I took him out for breakfast, just the three of us! I got to hear all about the summer camp and all the amazing priests, seminarians, and new friends they met on their trip. 

    After breakfast we picked up donuts to take home to all the rest of the children, including a Bacon Maple Bar for the birthday boy, and some groceries for the birthday cake and barbecue! 

    The birthday banner was painted by Twinkle Toes for her older brother, who spent most of the afternoon catching up on sleep while the rest of us worked in the kitchen baking the birthday cake

    .: Birthday Barbecue :. 

    My parents and youngest brother were originally going to be out of town, but they arrived home early and David called to see if they could stop by for a visit. Since they were coming over after all, I sent my brothers Scott and Brian text messages to see if they wanted to come too. It was a good thing I picked up two packages of Hamburger Buns! :) 

    While the cake was baking the kids and I also quickly made some Maple Bacon Party Mix to go along with our Bacon Burgers. We also filled a platter with veggies and cut up watermelon.  

    .: Pass the Pigs :. 

    I had considered a few different "Bacon" themed games for the birthday party including Bacon-Opoly, Pig Jax, and Pass the Pigs Party Edition, but I never did get around to ordering any of them… But then my brother Brian bought this version of Pass the Pigs as a gift! 
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    Uncle Brian told all the kids that he once rolled the pigs and they landed "Piggy Back!" He couldn't remember how many points that earned him, but "It's so hard, it has to be good!"  We all laughed when we read that "Piggy Back" is "A totally undignified position for pigs. You are out of the game."

    .: Birthday Gifts :. 

    The kids all had cards and little gifts to give their older brother, including a package of "Birthday Cake Oreos" from Twinkle Toes & Rose, and an "Arizona Quarter" from Snuggles.

    Along with a card and a beautiful letter, Grandpa & Grandma G. sent an Electric Razor for their oldest grandchild, saying that if he doesn't need this yet, he will soon! 

    He also received a Champion Disc Golf Set from some of his uncles and Grandpa & Grandma M.  (The kids have all been loving the Disc Golf we set up last month for the Golf Par-tee!) 

    Sean and I also had a few gifts for him including the newest release in the Brotherband Series (which was released just in time for his birthday), a copy of Saint Magnus, The Last Viking (sent and autographed by the author Susan Peek), a family game called Say Anything (suggested by a friend)...

    … and his big gift, which I originally planned to save for Christmas but it tied in so nicely with our "food" themed birthday, was the Parisian Restaurant Lego Set. This huge lego set has been keeping the boys busy all week! 

    .: Bacon Birthday Cake :. 

    As I mentioned the other day, the birthday boy had requested "A white cake topped with a Bacon Donut and surrounded by Cream Puffs!" I ended up making a Maple Bacon Upside Down Birthday Cake and surrounded it with cream puffs, leaving the Bacon Donut for him to enjoy separately. It isn't one of my prettiest cakes, even without the bacon donut sitting on top, but according to the kids and all our guests it was the best tasting!

    He tried so hard to blow out all fourteen candles out, but thankfully a certain little two year old brother had his back and took care of that last candle for him! :)

    The rest of the evening was spent playing frisbee in the yard and enjoying time with family.  

    Happy 14th Birthday! 

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